South Africa's President Ramaphosa says "prohibition of travel is not informed by science," urging countries urgently reverse their travel bans that were triggered by the discovery of the new coronavirus variant Omicron.
African National Congress seeks to win back metropolitan areas lost to opposition-led coalitions in 2016, including respective political and commercial capitals Pretoria and Johannesburg.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says deadly violence and looting that have shaken the country over the past week were planned as death toll mounts to 212.
President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed soldiers to help police halt the violence and looting sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma. At least 72 people have been killed in the ongoing violence.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma handed himself over to authorities to obey the country's highest court order that he should serve a 15-month prison term for contempt.
The pandemic gives South Africans a chance to rejig their economy to prioritise the poor.
The roots of this violence and anti-immigrant sentiments run deep and a mélange of factors collide, dissolve and divide, often crisscrossing social, economic and political lines.
The African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela, which has been in power since 1994, is likely to win a majority but will face a difficult challenge to match the 62 percent of the vote that it won in the previous election five years ago.
Rising inequality in developing countries is making it increasingly difficult to deal with climate change. It also risks fuelling social instability.
African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa, who joined former president Jacob Zuma's cabinet as a deputy in 2014, has been elected as South Africa's new president.
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